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Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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TRANSCRIPTIONAL REGULATION OF STEM CELL FUNCTION IN THE DROSOPHILA CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, Amalia S. Parra

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Transcriptional silencing of CDK18 and its role in lung carcinogenesis of BRG1-mutant lung cancers, Loryn M. Phillips

Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Improving photosynthetic efficiency in microalgae through the genetic engineering of energy sensors and photoreceptors, Taylor L. Britton

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The consequences of climate change for native bee assemblages, Melanie R. Kazenel

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LOW SITE-SPECIFIC GENOMIC VARIABILITY IS CONSISTENT WITH THE HISTORY(S) OF FRAGMENTATION OF THE RIPARIAN BIOTA OF THE ARID SOUTHWEST, Manuela Londono-Gaviria

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THERMOREGULATION AND SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF LIZARDS IN THE SOUTHWESTERN USA: ADAPTATION TO A CHANGING CLIAMTE, Caleb Loughran

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Sierra Nevada Mixed-Conifer Regeneration Response to Repeated Burning Varies by Species, Carolina J. May

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TRANSCRIPTIONAL ANALYSIS OF MAIZE UNDER DROUGHT STRESS AND THE IMPACT OF PLANT MATURITY, Oliver J. Oviedo

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A DIVERSE FLEA (SHIPONAPTERA) ASSEMBLAGE FROM THE SMALL MAMMALS OF CENTRAL NEW MEXICO, Dianne Esther Peterson

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Keeping your cool: thermoregulatory performance and plasticity in desert cricetid rodents, Richard W. Ramirez, Eric A. Riddell, Steven R. Beissinger, and Blair W. Wolf

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Relating plant community structure to carbon dynamics in semiarid grasslands, Theodore D. Roper

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Traits and Functional Diversity of a Hyperdiverse Bee Assemblage Are Linked to Aridity, Benjamin D. Turnley

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Global population divergence of a cosmopolian desert plant, Victor Ryan Alfaro

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HETEROGENEITY IN HOSTS AND ENVIRONMENT: IMPLICATIONS FOR SCHISTOSOMIASIS CONTROL, Larissa C. Anderson

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SEX- AND AGE - SPECIFIC MIGRATORY STRATEGIES OF BLUE WHALES IN THE NORTHEAST PACIFIC, Christina Blevins

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Into the Neotropics: Perspectives on the evolution of Neotropical Myotis, Carlos Alberto Carrion Mr

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Mud Binds Mitotic Kinesins Non-Claret Disjunctional and Pavarotti in D. Melanogaster, Vincent Cutillas

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The phylogeography and molecular systematics of woodrats (genus: Neotoma) in the American Southwest, Katrina Derieg

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"Climatic Controls of Plant Productivity, Phenology, and Physiology in Drylands, Alesia Hallmark, Scott L. Collins, Marcy E. Litvak, Christopher D. Lippitt, and Andrew D. Richardson

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Comparative Phylogeography Across Multiple Scales: Small Mammals, Their Ecology, Pathogens, and Drivers of Diversification, Schuyler W. Liphardt

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The role of Toxoplasma gondii dense granule protein GRA24 in signaling and immunity during infection, Heather L. Mercer

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QUANTIFICATION OF SOIL MICROBIAL BIOMASS IN THE MCMURDO DRY VALLEYS, ANTARCTICA, Emily Ruth Reynebeau

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Breathing can be dangerous: Coccidioides and the diverse community of the lung mycobiome, Paris Salazar-Hamm

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RAPID SOURCE TO SINK TRANSITION IN A MIXED-CONIFER FOREST FOLLOWING STAND-REPLACING FIRE, Ryan Matthew Schulze

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The Impacts of Disturbance on Submerged Aquatic Macrophytes Populations of the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico, Virginia F. Thompson

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What does the future look like? Plant community change at the recruitment life stage, BROOKE E. WAINWRIGHT

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Niche dynamics of the felid guild following the Pleistocene Megafaunal Extinction, Nicholas A. Freymueller

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EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY OF HOST-PARASITE RELATIONSHIPS: ROLE OF HOST ECOLOGY, PHYLOGENY, AND DEMOGRAPHICS IN SHAPING PARASITE EVOLUTION, Erika Taylor Gendron

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Mucosal Immune System of African Lungfish, Ryan D. Heimroth

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A NEW SPECIES OF ANT-MIMICKING SAC SPIDER CASTIANEIRA REISKINDI (ARANEAE: CORINNIDAE: CASTIANEIRINAE) FROM NICARAGUA AND A PHYLOGENETIC ANALYSIS OF THE AUSTRALIAN CASTIANEIRINAE., Matthew P. Leister

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PLANT LITTER DECOMPOSITION DIFFERS WITH SPECIES AND SOIL RESOURCES IN A CHIHUAHUAN DESERT GRASSLAND, Andrea Lopez

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MOLECULAR STUDIES ON THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN BIOMPHALARIA SNAILS AND SCHISTOSOMA MANSONI, Lijun Lu

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Driver of avian haemosporidian diversity and host specificity in the Solomon Islands, Xena Marie Mapel

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Inoculum potential of Pinus edulis-associated ectomycorrhizal fungi across a forest extirpation chronosequence, Annie M. Montes

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CAN A SEX BIAS BE A GOOD THING: MODELING SPONTANEOUS CLEARANCE AND SEXUAL SUSCEPTIBILITY IN HCV, Tanner K. Shea

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Chronic and Acute Respiratory Pathogens: Evolutionary and Epidemiological Characteristics of Tuberculosis, Influenza-like Illness, and COVID-19, Julie A. Spencer

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CHARACTERIZATION OF THE OVEREXPRESSION OF THE NATIVE H+-PUMPING PYROPHOSPHATASE IN THE MICROALGA PICOCHLORUM SOLOECISMUS, Kimberly T. Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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ECOPHYSIOLOGY OF PONDEROSA PINE SEEDLINGS AFTER SEVERE FIRE: THE EFFECT OF TREE CANOPY, Lauren M. Bansbach

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Diversification and biogeography of an Indo-Pacific bird radiation (Pachycephalidae), Serina Brady

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A COMPARISON OF CAVE MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES TO CAVE ROOSTING BAT MICROBIOTA IN EL MALPAIS NATIONAL MONUMENT, USA, Nicole A. Caimi

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MIXING IT UP: THE IMPACT OF EPISODIC INTROGRESSION ON THE EVOLUTION OF HIGH-LATITUDE MESOCARNIVORES, Jocelyn P. Colella

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FORTY YEARS OF CHANGE IN SOUTHWESTERN BEE ASSEMBLAGES, Catherine Cumberland

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Warming up: climate change related shifts of mycorrhizal fungal communities in high latitude ecosystems, Megan Rae DeVan

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MECHANISMS OF ORIENTED CELL DIVISION AND THEIR ROLES IN TISSUE DEVELOPMENT, Evan Blake Dewey

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RECONSTRUCTING ENERGY FLOW THROUGH MODERN AND HISTORICAL MARINE COMMUNITIES: INSIGHTS FROM AMINO ACID ISOTOPE ANALYSIS, Emma A. Elliott Smith

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A LANDSCAPE ON THE THRESHOLD OF CHANGE: PATTERNS OF SOIL MICROBIAL ECOLOGY ALONG DYNAMIC GEOMORPHIC AND HYDROLOGIC FEATURES IN A POLAR DESERT, Kelli L. Feeser, David J. Van Horn, Heather N. Buelow, Daniel R. Colman, Theresa A. McHugh, Jordan G. Okie, Egbert Schwartz, Cristina D. Takacs-Vesbach, Becky A. Ball, Andrew G. Fountain, Michael N. Gooseff, Joseph S. Levy, and Maciej K. Obryk

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Dynamics of Avian Elevational Ranges Reveal Hidden Evolutionary Forces, Chauncey Gadek

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Fungi in a hot, dry, changing world, Miriam I. Hutchinson

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KING OF THE HILL? HOW BIOTIC INTERACTIONS AFFECT BIOGEOGRAPHICAL PATTERN AND SPECIES RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE, Joshua Scott Lynn, Jennifer A. Rudgers, Tom E.X. Miller, Stephanie N. Kivlin, and Melanie R. Kazenel

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ROLE OF HOST CELL B-CATENIN DURING TOXOPLASMA GONDII INFECTION, Cameron Ranken

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GENOMICS BASED APPROACHES TO FUNGAL EVOLUTION, Aaron J. Robinson and Donald O. Natvig

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Riparian vegetation in the face of environmental variability, Kelly A. Steinberg

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Ecological and morphological response of rodents to environmental change over the late Quaternary, Catalina Tome

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Biogeographical implications of climate change for an alpine mammal, the American pika, Marie Louise Westover

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Schistosomiasis in the Wild: A Transcriptomics Perspective on Field-Derived Biomphalaria pfeifferi and Schistosoma mansoni, and their Interactions, Sarah K. Buddenborg

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Investigations on the Role of the Immune System In Mammary Development And Maternal Immunity In the Marsupial, Monodelphis domestica, Bethaney Fehrenkamp

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Prevalence of Artemisinin Resistance Associated Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in Kenyan Isolates, Elizabeth M. Glenn

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Understanding patterns of diversity and evolution in mainland Anolis lizards, Levi Gray

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Rodent Responses To Drought In The Southwestern United States: Resource Utilization Strategies And Effects To Keystone Resources, Charles L. Hayes IV

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REVEALING BIOTIC DIVERSITY: HOW DO COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTS INFLUENCE HUMAN SCHISTOSOMIASIS IN A HYPERENDEMIC AREA, Martina R. Laidemitt

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Linking Climate Change and Mortality in Piñon-Juniper Woodlands, from Leaf to Ecosystem, Amanda I. Liebrecht

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Systematics and Diversification of the Pantropical Avian Order Coraciiformes, Jenna Merle McCullough

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SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE ROLE OF OPAQUE1 IN ASYMMETRIC CELL DIVISION IN MAIZE, Janette Y. Mendoza

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USING d13C, d15N, and d2H TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE ECOLOGY OF GREEN SEA TURTLES, Laura Pagès Barceló

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Intraspecific floral color variation as perceived by pollinators and non-pollinators: evidence for pollinator-imposed constraints?, Kellen Cedar Paine

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HEMOCYANIN-LIKE 1 PROTEIN, UNIQUE TO PLANORBID SNAILS, SUPPORTS REPRODUCTIVE OUTPUT OF BIOMPHALARIA GLABRATA, VECTOR OF SCHISTOSOMIASIS, Janeth Pena

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Seasonal Shifts in C3 and C4 Resource Use by a Small Mammal Community Under Changing Precipitation Regimes, Alaina D. Pershall

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EVALUATING THE EFFECTS OF CATASTROPHIC WILDFIRE ON WATER QUALITY, WHOLE-STREAM METABOLISM AND FISH COMMUNITIES, Justin K. Reale

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Soil properties explain changes in soil microbial enzyme activity with depth in a piñon-juniper woodland, Amanda B. Sacks

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TOWARDS A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE EFFECTS OF PRAZIQUANTEL ON THE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE HELMINTH PARASITE SCHISTOSOMA MANSONI AND ITS MURINE HOST, Melissa C. Sanchez

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PHYSELLA ACUTA, COMPARATIVE IMMUNOLOGY AND EVOLUTIONARY ASPECTS OF GASTROPOD IMMUNE FUNCTION, Jonathan H. Schultz

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From olfaction to immunity: Characterization of nasal immunity in bony fish, Ali Sepahi

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Avian Thermoregulation in the Heat: Resting Metabolism, Evaporative Cooling and Limits to Activity in Sonoran Desert Birds, Eric Smith

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The fate of xylem-transported CO2 in plants, Samantha S. Stutz and David T. Hanson

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GENOMIC SIGNATURES OF ADAPTIVE EVOLUTION, Jessica Weber

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THE EVOLUTION OF DIET BREADTH IN MELISSODES BEES (APIDAE: EUCERINI), Karen W. Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Novel Approaches to Exploring Silk Use Evolution in Spiders, Rachael Alfaro

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Where the Wild Things Are: Investigating Body Size as a Mechanism for Persistence, Meghan A. Balk

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Evaluating the Relationship of Temperature and Growth of a Larval Colorado River Catostomid, C. latipinnis, Through Otolith Aging and Stable Isotopes (δ18O), Adam Lawrence Barkalow

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Diet specialization does not explain occupancy or abundance in a test of the resource breadth hypothesis in a small mammal community, Deborah R. Boro

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Nutrient additions alter semi-arid grassland response to fire, Alec A. Carrigy

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Natural history and evolution of an elevational generalist, the Cinereous Conebill (Conirostrum cinereum), Andrea N. Chavez, Chandresekhar Natarajan, Jay F. Storz, Angela Fago, and Christopher C. Witt

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Plant-microbial interactions are strong determinants of plant population and community dynamics, Y. Anny Chung 9485698

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Genetic Approaches to Population Ecology and Conservation of the Sacramento Mountain Salamander, Samantha Jo Nicole Cordova

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Bacterial Siderophore Production in Lechuguilla and Spider Caves, Carlsbad National Park (CCNP) Carlsbad, New Mexico, Tammi R. Duncan

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The Impact of Climate and Elevation on the Growth and Mortality of Piñon Pine, Alice M. Fretz

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The effects of atmospheric pressure on inter-specific competition and the morphological and hematological characteristics of elevational distributions of hummingbirds, Ariel M. Gaffney

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Immunology of the gray short-tailed opossum during pregnancy and prenatal development, Victoria L. Hansen

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Dynamics of community composition and ecological processes in Mesic and Semiarid Grasslands, Sydney K. Jones

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Comparison of Bacterial and Archaeal Communities in the Subsurface versus Surface: Implications for Nitrogen Cycling, Jason C. Kimble 5059801155

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Phylogeography and population dynamics of North American wolverines (Gulo gulo luscus) in Alaska and western Canada, Dianna Krejsa

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Precipitation Patterns and Fungal Community Succession in a Seasonally Dry Secondary Tropical Savanna, Sara R. Lopez

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Pattern and Process in the Radiation of Ground-dwelling Squirrels, Bryan S. McLean

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Forage selection and habitat architecture as drivers of small mammal community dynamics in an arid, nutrient limited, highly stochastic ecosystem, Jennifer Darby Noble

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NOVEL INDICES TO QUANTIFY FREEZE TOLERANCE IN AMPHIBIANS, Jolene R. Rearick

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THE ECOLOGY OF ACEQUIAS IN THE MORA VALLEY: PATTERNS, PROCESSES AND PLACE-BASED KNOWLEDGE, Shannon M. Rupert

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Dengue vaccination modulates the dengue-Zika viral system via immunogenic cross-talk, Noah J. B. Silva

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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BIOGEOGRAPHY, INTERSPECIFIC INTROGRESSION, AND THE EVOLUTION OF HEMOGLOBIN GENES IN THE HIGH ANDES: THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN SISKINS (Spinus), Elizabeth Jane Beckman

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Shifts in the relative importance of competition and mutualism for communities and ecosystems, Lukas P. Bell-Dereske

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Coevolving histories inside and out: phylogenetics, comparative parasitology, and host affinities of chipmunk sucking lice and pinworms, Kayce Bell